Not enough cash protests Parkin, 56, as he stuffs £440,000 into giant suitcases, sources say.
On Tuesday evening 19 December 2017, Slough's councillors voted for or against giving an unworthy, professionally incompetent, violently aggressive, rule breaking council boss covered in serious sleaze and corruption allegations, in the Slough Times honest opinion, almost half a million pounds as a Farewell present.
The official excuse was Mr Parkin was being made redundant. The truth is recently ousted Council Leader Sohail Munawar and his Cabinet councillors allowed Mr Parkin to abolish his own official permanent job, Director of Customer Services.
Cllr Munawar then knew the only option was to give Mr Parkin the job of chief executive, – Cllr Munawar was obsessed with doing that – or give Mr Parkin a very large pay-off. Mr Parkin, said to be a serious betting addict, gambled on his weak mate Cllr Sohail Munawar, giving him the top job.
England's undemocratic laws (more at home in a third-world Banana Republic) legally prevented 34 out of Slough's 42 councillors formally objecting to Cllr Munawar unexplainable passion and obsession to appoint Roger Parkin as chief executive even though Mr Parkin has no ability to do the important job.
Of the 8 Cabinet members only Sabia Hussain had the guts to raise objections.
She was then badly bullied by Sohail Munawar supported by his
was disgusting that none of the other 6 Cabinet councillors sought to protect
Mr Parkin should have been suspended on full-pay, investigated and, most likely, sacked without any substantial pay-offs. That is the reality of sleazy Slough Council.
On 18 March 2016, Slough Observer reported Cllr Wayne Strutton (Conservative, Haymill) telling a council meeting about then chief executive Ruth Bagley:-
..... she needs ..... to make the relevant decisions ..... on
whether or not those directors are capable.
Councillors and council staff said Mr Parkin was one of those incapable directors. Mrs Bagley, on £186,000 annually, ignored her responsibility and did nothing about the man who repeatedly threatened her with violence.
The Slough Times is not allowed to know how each of 42 councillors voted. Neither are we, like you mugs who generously funded Roger Parkin's ultra expensive Christmas present, entitled to know the exact details of Slough Council's biggest ever pay-off.
We also can't know:-
Cllr James Swindlehurst (Labour, Cippenham West), chief councillor ('Council
Leader') since 28 November 2018, promised the public, exactly like his predecessor
Cllr Sohail Munawar (Labour, Elliman) promised the public, that amazingly elusive
Just like discredited Sohail, James'
Transparency abruptly fled from
the council's systemic sleaze. The Labour Party™ dominance (33 out of 42
councillors) ensures this latest council cover-up keeps the public in the dark.
Sources say Mr Parkin wants even more cash and plans to sue unknown entities to get extra money. The Slough Times understands one target is likely to be Deputy Council Leader Sabia Hussain who spectacularly revealed some, but not all, of Mr Parkin's behaviour.
Council witnesses say in 2015, when Mr Parkin threaten previous chief executive
Ruth Bagley OBE with aggressive violence that frightened her (
punching her face
in), Mr Parkin offered to resign from the council for the modest price of £2
million. However Labour Party sources say it was
only £1.6 million.
In a Slough Observer article dated 24 October 2014, Cllr Wayne Strutton is quoted as saying:-
This is appalling. Why do senior staff at Slough Borough Council
keep getting these pay-offs?
Three years later, the top staff's goodbye (and don't ever come back) payments gets worse.
There are no visible signs of any political (i.e. Labour Party™) will to stop these astonishing and, in the Slough Time's opinion, obscene ripping-off of Slough's not rich Council Tax payers.
Last Christmas, in December 2016, chief executive Ruth Bagley was given £310,000 in a very confused situation when elected councillors were deliberately given false and misleading information to justify that huge golden goodbye bonus – despite Mrs Bagley being suspended for serious misconduct.
At the time, Mrs Bagley's disciplinary investigation – said to have uncovered damaging evidence – was secretly halted by temporary Monitoring Officer, solicitor Linda Walker, the Business Development manager of HB Public Law.
The Slough Times understands why some outraged citizens call the
recipients of massive amounts of council cash, paid in secret meetings with the
press and public excluded,
The Slough Times blames
The Slough Times believes:-
it is most unlikely Mr Parkin would depart with nearly £1/2 million funded by Slough's Council Tax payers. Everyone loves big Christmas presents but this one is insulting especially when Slough people are queueing-up at Food Banks.
Are there any legally enforceable repayments to the council from Mr Parkin's jackpot winnings ? These are sometimes known by the American phrase of "claw backs".
There is a need to identify and investigate all of Roger Parkin's cronies; especially as some were promoted beyond their ability and/or received large disguised pay increases linked, in the Slough Times opinion, to their personal relationships with Mr Parkin – classic nepotism.
It is time for either a public enquiry into the running of Slough Unitary Authority (the council's legal title) or for the government to send-in inspectors to take-over the operation of the council and begin to sort-out the mess perpetuated by Labour Party™ councillors.
Can anyone honestly claim everything is wonderful ? Better not because the Slough Times has some worrying reports awaiting publication.